Space Launch Vehicles
|Here are some space launch vehicles (although one
is fictional). Two of these drawings (N1 and Vostok) are available in my books,
which you can look at on my commercial Saturn Press site.
These drawings were converted from my original MacDraw documents into 72 pixel-per-inch gif images. Windows machines may print them at 75 pixels per inch--4% smaller than the scales indicate.
"STA" numbers refer to distance from nose tip, tail end, or some other reference point along the rocket.
The symbol that looks like an O with a line through it means diameter.
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Originally the Lockheed Launch Vehicle (LLV), then the Lockheed-Martin Launch Vehicle (LMLV), and now the Athena, this is one of the new wave of 1990's solid-fueled satellite launchers.
This isn't a real rocket--it comes from Fritz Lang's silent science fiction movie "Frau im Mond." But spaceflight pioneer Hermann Oberth designed it.
The Soviet N1 was supposed to carry two cosmonauts to the Moon. Four flew, and all four crashed.
Project Pilot was a secret program to send a satellite into orbit aboard an aircraft-launched rocket
This rocket launched Yuri Gagarin, the first human to orbit the Earth, in 1961.
Go to the plan page for model plans.
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